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Dunn’s Famous Cheesecake Recipe


Dunn’s Famous

Cheesecake Recipe

One of the best cheesecakes
you will ever eat,
Dunn’s Famous Cheesecake is a Montreal, Quebec favorite 

This recipe is from the Montreal Gazette. I have the actual newspaper clipping, but it is getting old, yellow and very paper worn. It is such a delicious cheesecake that I make from memory all the time, but I thought I would share it here so if my memory fails it will be here for at least as long as I am alive! Enjoy one of the most delicious offerings Montreal has to offer!


2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
14 oz. pressed (dry) Cottage Cheese (Astro or Crescent preferred)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon lemon extract or lemon zest
2 tablespoons fine dry breadcrumbs
4 cups whole strawberries
1/3 cup strawberry or red currant jelly


In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and cottage cheese. Using electric mixer, beat at low speed for 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.

Add sugar, sour cream and flour.

Continue to beat for 3 minutes at low speed. Add Vanilla and lemon and  beat 1 minute more.

Generously butter an 8 1/2-inch Springform Pan. Coat bottom and sides with breadcrumbs; shake out excess.

Pour in cheese mixture. Place in oven pre-heated to 275 degree F. After 1  1/2 hours of baking, cake will start to rise almost to top of pan. Remove cake from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.  If there is a ridge around edge of cake, using your fingertips, gently press down to even the top. Return the cake to the oven and bake for 1  1/4 to 1  1/2 hours more or until the cake is set in the center.  Touch center gently with the tips of fingers,  it should feel dry to the touch.

WARNING: Do not overbake.  Remove the cheesecake from the oven and place on rack to cool.

Refrigerate for at least 1 day before serving.

Wash berries well and let dry on clean dry towel.

Remove stem ends.  Arrange an even layer of whole berries on top of cake.

Place jelly in glass bowl with 1 teaspoon of water.

Microwave on high for 1 minute or until melted and boiling.

Brush berries with Jelly mixture.


Take cake out of fridge 30 minutes before serving.

Dip a large knife into hot water each time you cut a slice of cake.



For the sides of the cheesecake,  Dunn’s used a product only available
to commercial bakeries named Gumperts Biskrunch.

I just buy slivered almonds and crush them and mix them with the breadcrumbs or cruched vanilla wafers.

Approx 2 1/2 hours
Serves : 12